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Alter appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • "My god is a stark narrow one-disk cabaret lass; I model ransomed animal casts," a clam in a demo snarled, "O Miss, alter a backside now, or rank rats as I do gym."
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Alter is sometimes a misspelling of altar.

The word alter and its family (alterable, alteration, alterations, altered, altering, alternate, alternating, alters, unalterable, unaltered) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb alter

What does alter mean as a doing word?

Alter is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: altered | altering | alters

  1. cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. become different in some particular way, without permanently losing one's or its former characteristics or essence
  3. make an alteration to
    • examples: This dress needs to be altered | They alter the cape
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic words: change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • entailment: sew / tailor / tailor-make = create (clothes) with cloth
  4. insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of alter: falsify / interpolate
    • more generic words: edit / redact = prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting
  5. remove the ovaries of

Alternative definition of the verb alter


  1. [transitive] To change the form or structure of
  2. [transitive] To tailor clothes to make them fit


  1. Alter is a fictional character from the 1986 film Shart.
  2. Alter is a fictional character from the 1981 film The Heiress.

There are other characters with in their name, like Alter Boy and Alter Ego.


  1. "Alter" is a 2002 album by Portland, Oregon band Floater. Strong self-destructive motifs and a desire to return to an earlier time period are present in many of Alter's songs.
  2. "Alter" is a musical album of Knut.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  3. "Alter" is a musical album of Pleasure Forever.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  4. "Alter" is a musical EP of Eco.
    • released on
  5. "Alter" is a musical album of Nynke Laverman.


  1. The Alter Motor Car Company, of Plymouth, Michigan, produced over 1,000 automobiles between 1914 and 1916.
  2. Alter is a record label.


  1. Alter is a lunar impact crater that is located in the northern hemisphere on the far side of the Moon. It lies to the southwest of the larger crater Robertson, and to the east of Ohm.
    • also known as آلتر
  2. Alter: This is a list of notable people named Alter.

Phrases with Alter

  1. alter ego
  2. Cis Alter
  3. Flos Alter
  4. Attus Alter
  5. Rubus alter
  6. Anolis Alter
  7. Asilus Alter
  8. Scinax alter
  9. Rubus X alter
  10. Sciapus Alter
  11. Chelonus Alter
  12. Chrysops Alter
  13. Hasarius Alter
  14. Mappates Alter
  15. Diaptomus Alter
  16. Eucyclops Alter
  17. Xyleborus Alter
  18. Bathythrix Alter
  19. Caelopygus Alter
  20. Conosiphon Alter

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alter

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Google previewEssays in Honor of Charles F. Hockett (1983)

by Charles F.: Festschrift Hockett, Frederick Browning Agard

Alter is a parallel kinsman — within the genealogical chain that links ego to a designated kinsman, wherever there are two kinsmen of the same generation within the chain, those two kinsmen are of the same ...

Google previewTOMORROW IS TODAY, A behavior modification methodology, guide, and workbook to manage the job search process

The complete guide for getting and keeping your next job and advancing your career by Lawrence D. Alter

Alter is a veteran sales/marketing executive and an established leader in the outplacement and career management...

Alter is an acclaimed industry expert whose advice has been quoted in numerous publications including: Fortune ...

Google previewBunyan's "The Pilgrim's Progress" (2014)

by Leland Ryken

Robert Alter refers to type scenes as “the enabling context” of a story, in this case a story of pilgrimage. In other words, we expect a certain pattern to unfold and are delighted when a storyteller meets our expectations. But the type scene is only ...

Google previewMaster the Clerical Exams (2010)

by Peterson's

ALTER means to change or adjust. The correct answer is (B). RELIABLE means trustworthy and dependable, the opposite of irresponsible. The correct answer is (C). VIVACITY means liveliness, which is the opposite of listlessness. The correct ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds (2007)

by Bonnie L. Hendricks

Alter Real ORIGIN: Portugal APTITUDES: Riding horse AVERAGE HEIGHT: 75.7 to 16.1 h.h. POPULATION STATUS: Uncommon vention that the breed began to improve and regain its former classic excellence. The Alter Real breed faced ...

Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

Altarpiece with two panels—diptych Altar screen—reredos Altar's canopy either of fabric or stone—baldachin, tester Altar's decorative hanging or tapestry— dossal, frontal Altarpiece with three panels—triptych Alter a document, account, ...

Google previewDictionary of the Decisions of the Court of Session (1815)

Branch I of Appendix II : Being Decisions Between the Years 1733 and 1754

The defender answered 2dly, that though Charles Maitland were included in in the prohibition to sell or contract debt, yet that would not imply a prohibition to alter the succession, for it is a settled point even by judgments of the last resort, that a ...

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Usage statistics about alter

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb alter:


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Small photo of Hindu alter with the indian ocean behindSmall photo of SHANGHAI, CHINA - 29 JANUARY, 2017: Religious alter in yellow and red colored theme, golden buddha statue standing at center, located at Jing'an temple traditional chinese neighborhoodSmall photo of New York, USA - December 3, 2011: Alter and stained glass windows of the Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan, New York CitySmall photo of Munich, Bavaria, Germany.- March 28, 2016. Historic castle Alter Hof, former residence of the emperor, today you can buy or taste good wineSmall photo of Johnstown, PA, USA - April 15, 2017 : Fresco over alter inside abandoned Roman Catholic church .Small photo of Johnstown, PA, USA - April 15, 2017 : Interior of abandoned Roman Catholic church alter with fresco in state of decay.Small photo of Bride and groom at church wedding alter ceremony on the chairs More...

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Quotes about Alter

So often we try to alter circumstances to suit ourselves, instead of letting them alter us, which is what they are meant to do. (Mother Maribel)
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Scrabble value of A1L1T1E1R1

The value of this 5-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of ALTER

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